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Louis Van Gaal has announced that Wayne Rooney will become the new captain of Manchester United this season.
This has come as a surprise to some, as many thought that Van Gaal would give the armband to Robin Van Persie.
RVP captained Van Gaal’s Dutch side at the World Cup in Brazil and the pair have a strong friendship both inside and outside of football.
The decision to appoint Rooney is a good one though in my opinion.
Appointing Van Persie would have had a negative effect on the rest of the United squad.
The other players would have seen it as Van Gaal simply picking his favourite player/friend to lead the team.
With rumours already circulating that Van Gaal plans to bring a few Dutch players to Old Trafford, this would have made the situation even worse.
Van Gaal needs to treat all of the players at the club the same whether they are Dutch or not.
Rooney in particular would not have been pleased if RVP was named as captain. Rooney nearly left the club following RVP’s first season with United after he fell out of favour with Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Dutchman’s performances were so good that Rooney often found himself on the bench and the England international eventually handed in a transfer request.
Rooney eventually stayed and did have a decent enough season last year… unlike RVP, who was restricted by injuries.
Rooney would have no doubt lost his head once again if Van Persie had been named captain this past week.
Going into this new season, the United team need to be on good terms with each other and especially with the new management team.
They can not afford to have yet another season of negativity and conflict between the dressing room and the manager. Van Gaal will have more control over the players compared to David Moyes but he still needs to avoid any arguments.
Naming Rooney as the new captain is a good start. It would have been wrong to name RVP as the captain just because they have a strong friendship.
As for Rooney as captain, I think he will do a good job. He is always very vocal on the pitch and always puts himself about in order to win the ball for his team.
The fact that the England manager is considering naming Rooney as his captain as well says it all.
Van Gaal’s time at United has been a relative success so far, with a 100% record on the pitch and intelligent decisions off the pitch.
What are your thoughts on Rooney being named the new captain? Will he do a good job?